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St Catharine's College, Cambridge

University Residence

St Catharine’s is one of the oldest Cambridge University Colleges and is easily identifiable by its unique open-sided Main Court and beautiful red brick façade. Nestled in the heart of Cambridge and a short walk from the River Cam, it is the perfect backdrop for a stay.

Book a stay in 2021 and get free cancellation (minus a £10 admin fee) if you are unable to travel because of infection or travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

St Catharine's offers a true Cambridge student experience, with its rooms being used for undergraduate students during term time. Bedrooms are clean and comfortable rooms with tea/coffee making facilities, towels, linens, toiletries and complimentary WiFi in the bedrooms and public areas.

The standard rooms are located in historic buildings, whilst ensuite accommodation is located in the newer part of College. If you are making a group booking please contact the College first to ensure your rooms are located close together. 

** Please note that the College is undergoing an exciting refurbishment project at the moment so scaffolding will be evident in the Main Court and the College Hall has been relocated to the College Marquee. **

Car parking is not available at the College. Please refer to the Cambridge Tourist Information Office for further details on parking options in Cambridge.

Please note that the College are unfortunately unable to accommodate babies or children under 16 years old.

The College does not accept accommodation bookings for hen or stag parties.

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:30 (11:30pm) (arrivals may be allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted however this is subject to availability)

Check Out: 00:00 (12:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

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Top facilities

Free WiFi

Breakfast included


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Based on 3,009 reviews
St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.6 5 0.5

Great college, great location, great service; fine food; fine people. The room was spacious and comfortable and usual for Oxford or Cambridge student accommodation. Good value.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.0 5 0.5

Staff friendly and an excellent, convenient spot from which to enjoy the Cambridge alumni event going on around the university. Some of the room facilities are a bit basic compared to standard hotels but then they don't have the cachet of a several hundred year old building. The breakfast was hug...

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.4 5 0.5

Basic and fine for a night's stay in a convenient location.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.6 5 0.5

Very centrally located (and very near the Whipple Museum where the conference and reception which I was attending were held). Very good self service breakfast. Attractive gardens. Room was very clean as were the bathroom and toilet situated adjacent to my room. Room would have been improved by...

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Just had the best time in this lovely city. My room was gorgeous and big shout to the porters who were so friendly and helpful!

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Great and comfortable stay!

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

3.8 5 0.5

The porters were very friendly and helpful

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.0 5 0.5

Would definitely recommend St Catherine's as offering good value for money. The instructions for getting to the porter's lodge should be made really clear (I went to the back entrance). The breakfasts are really good. The rooms are comfortable.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

Basic room, but clean and comfortable. Outstanding location for the historic centre, particularly good for the Fitzwilliam Museum. Would definitely stay here again.

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Facilities & information


16th century buildings

18th century buildings

20th century buildings

Breakfast included

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking

No smoking


Historic property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Table football

Pool/snooker table

Linen included

Towels included


Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)



Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Arrival information and directions

01223 338300
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Address: St Catharine's College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB2 1RL, United Kingdom

On arrival report to the Porter's Lodge (located at the main entrance to the college) you will be given a key and directed to your room(s). It is generally possible to leave some bags in the small luggage room near the Porters Lodge if your arrival time is before 2pm and your room isn't ready. However please bear in mind that the college cannot be held responsible for any theft or damage to any personal belongings.

** Please note that the College is undergoing an exciting refurbishment project at the moment so scaffolding will be evident in the Main Court and the College Hall has been relocated to the College Marquee. **

University departments, public transport, shops and many of Cambridge's historic buildings are all within easy walking distance.

St Catharine's College regrets that car parking is not available at the College.

Arriving by Road: From the M11, take either Junction 11 or 12 and follow into Cambridge City Centre (see the Regional Road Links map). Follow the city signs for public parking as parking is not available at St Catharine's (except for loading and unloading and other special circumstances). The Cambridge Around St Catharine's map shows the location of several public parking areas near the College. There are maps posted around the city which will help you find your way back to the College once you park. For more information on parking see the Parking in Cambridge site or for more information about getting to Cambridge by road see the Cambridge City Council site.

Arriving by Rail: The University maintains a schedule of Cambridge to London railway timetables with links to other railway route planners. From the Railway Station, one can either walk (about one mile) or take a taxi to St Catharine's. The Railway Station is shown on the Cambridge Around St Catharine's map. The Cambridge City Council also maintains rail information.

Arriving by Air: Cambridge Coach Services run an hourly bus service to and from Stansted, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Railway service is also available from Stansted Airport. The University maintains links to more airport information.

You may find other useful information on the Cambridge City Council tourist information site or the University's Cambridge Area Information page.

Non-British nationals should ensure that they have their passport available when arriving at the College for registration purposes.

All guests are asked to treat college staff and property with respect and conduct themselves in a manner befitting a historic academic institution, bearing in mind students and tutors may be working and living on site.

Both parties acknowledge the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the UK and accept their obligation to comply with any official guidance from the UK Government. The parties agree to communicate without delay any issues they may have in performing their obligations under this agreement. If St Catharine's College is obliged due to specific Government restrictions, to close the venue, you will be offered an alternative date for your booking but if that cannot be agreed the booking will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund. If you are unable to attend the College because of infections or travel restrictions related to COVID-19 and you are due to stay in 2021, St Catharine's College will agree to postpone or cancel the booking without charge. Please contact the College directly if you wish to cancel for this reason. To cancel a booking a £10 Admin fee will be charged by Speedy Booker regardless of the cancellation reason. 

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